Desperate much? Yahoo! calls on record labels for DRM-free downloads

“The head of Yahoo!’s digital music service has called for record labels to allow downloads to be sold free of any DRM restrictions. Dave Goldberg told the Music 2.0 conference in Los Angeles that DRM has created a barrier for consumers between their music and what they can do with it, such as transfer it the portable device of their choice,” Simon Aughton reports for Computer Buyer. “‘There is a cost associated with DRM, and that is lost sales of content,’ he said.”

“What Goldberg did not say was that allowing Yahoo! Music and its rivals to sell unencumbered MP3 files would give them access to the one device that has provided and continues to provide the download market’s dynamic, the iPod,” Aughton reports.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Nik” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: Yahoo! has entered dreamland in record time; must have been from staring at that spinning-to-a-billion Apple iTunes Music Store counter.

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  1. not going to happen those people are greedy fat men & women ( not that I know they are fat, lol just an assumption because they must be sleeping with piles of money that they have raped the artists from!!).

    mw= very As in “not going to happen those people are VERY greedy fat men & women” lol

  2. I don’t see what’s wrong with this suggestion. I’d love for there to be no DRM on my music, but admittedly, I’ve never run into a DRM restriction using iTunes. It is nice however to be able to buy music from another source and put them into iTunes without any hassle (other than CD’s).

    If you like independent music, I suggest Over the last couple years, the amount of music I’ve purchased through them is more than twice what I’ve purchased thought iTunes and in some instances has saved me money beacuse the same song was on iTunes for 99cents, where through eMusic it costs much less through their monthly purchase plan.

    Just don’t expect most of the popular artists to be on there.

  3. Any record exec will tell you that DRM is essential. But they don’t know what to make of the situation in the UK with the Arctic Monkeys. This band encouraged fans to distribute their music on-line free of charge. As a result they built a massive fan base and their debut CD recently broke all records for debut CD sales. They’re now one of the biggest success stories in the UK

    The fascinating thing is that they built their success on the very opposite of DRM.

  4. iTunes would have sold TWO bil without DRM.

    But nothing can make the RIAA agree to that, not Yahoo and not Apple.

    Until the RIAA’s power has washed away. It’s starting to happen!

    Devil’s advocate to AlanAudio: freebies making for a big intro? That’s more like a special promotion situation, it doesn’t say anything about long-term success. Giving away a band’s first album by P2P may be a great move to get a band known–but after that? This example doesn’t cover the that question.

  5. I want there to be no DRM, however, I realise it ain’t gonna happen – and to a certain extent I sympathise with content providers because I do feel there would be abuse if they just opened it all up. Yahoo’s statement is obviously just stemming from the fact that they’re failing so badly. No-one wants the players you have to have to use them and even if they do the actual music services aren’t any good.

    The interesting thing about the whole iTunes thing is that it’s one of the few markets where the market leader is leading based upon quality of service/product as opposed to just being cheapest. Other companies don’t know how to handle that, they’re used to cutting costs to cut prices and then earning more money as a result. Spending more on research in order to get a better product to in turn earn more is totally foreign to them.

  6. No DRM! No DRM! No DRM! No DRM!

    Won’t happen, you know, because that would make it easy for future wireless MP3-players to “beam” music from one person to the other. “Hey, you want to listen to this? I’ll just beam it over to you.” And then that other person wouldn’t have the rights.

  7. I’m gonna say something crazy. If Yahoo was allowed to sell DRM-free music and iTunes wasn’t, most people would keep buying from iTunes.

    Why? Because most people don’t even encounter the DRM. Something that is not even a slight inconvenience is no incentive for leaving a service that works for you.

    (Of course, if Yahoo did get DRM-free music, iTunes would demand it as well. iTunes would then EXPLODE in popularity, wiping all competitors off the face of the Earth like a nuke.)

  8. Yahoo! has a mere $5 a month subscription charge for over 1 million songs.

    Each song costs 79¢ if you want to keep it.

    Of course if your poor this sounds like a great deal, but of course the poor are clever and have cracked the M$ DRM by ripping off the sound card so there isn’t very many full price downloads.

    Then once the folks have milked the cow and filled their hard drives full of Mp3’s, they cancel their subscription and go to iTunes.


    Because Apple gets all the latest music right away. And the reason for that is Apple doesn’t do subscriptions and that appeals to artists.

    Of course the iPod factor has a lot to do with as well.

    So the trick is this.

    Buy a cheap PC and a large hard drive.

    Sign up for Yahoo service and download like crazy.

    Use the ripper software and convert copy protected music into high quality Mp3’s.

    After a month or two quit Yahoo.

    Transfer Mp3’s to your Mac/iTunes and iPod.

    Any new music from artists, just pay the 99¢.

    You save thousands even tens of thousands of dollars.

    Develop a network of friends and swap cd’s.

    Subscriptions fail because you can’t depend upon copy protection working for very long.

  9. Haha, just wait until Trusted Computing goes into full swing.

    RIAA – “Lockdown the Mactels now or we pull our content.”

    Apple – “Ok”

    RIAA – “Sell these DRM headsets or we pull or content”

    Apple -“But they look ugly”

    RIAA – “Just do it”

    Apple – “Ok, your da boss, need your laundry done?”

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